Tourist activities and unmissable sightseeing in Split
Croatia is a country of exceptional natural beauty, but for many visitors it’s our ancient towns and cities that linger in memories and photo albums. Split is the second biggest city in the country and its position on the central peninsula means that it is surrounded by beautiful ocean views that ensure Split is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. The deep orange roofs and light stone walls of Split give the city a definitive look and there is so much history and culture to explore that make it the perfect spot for history buffs. While we can’t discuss everything in this blog, we’d like to cover a few of the highlights. And if anything in this blog inspires you to plan a trip to Split, perhaps before or after one of our Croatia boat trips, then please feel free to contact us and ask any follow-up questions you like.
Explore Diocletian’s Palace
This impressive palace was built in 305 AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and it remains in remarkable condition today. This is a must for all lovers of ancient history and the good news is that you won’t have to pay anything for admission; you can just walk in, free of charge — much like how you can walk into the Pantheon in Rome.
However, this area of Split certain isn’t uninhabitable ruins. Diocletian’s Palace is today known as the Old Town of Split — with many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Hundreds of locals live within the walls and often many apartments are rented out as Airbnbs and there are also many hostels in the area. If you can stay in Split’s Old Town, we highly suggest you do!
Take in a Few Arias at the Croatian National Theatre
The locals call the Croatian National Theatre HNK and it’s a fantastic place for ballet, opera, and theatre. Given that language is irrelevant to ballet and that most people don’t understand what opera singers are saying anyway, we recommend these two options over watching a play in Croatian, Bosnian, or Serbian. The building itself is beautiful and was originally built in 1893, then rebuilt in the 70s. Many of the original features remain, adding charm and atmosphere to any show you choose to see.
Visit the Meštrović Gallery and Kaštelet
A trip to Split can’t be truly authentic or complete without seeing the works of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Meštrović’s work can be found scattered around the city, but the Meštrović Gallery and the Kaštelet are dedicated spaces to the legendary sculptor, converted from his old villa and studio.
Climb Split’s Incredible Cathedral
Split’s Cathedral of Saint Domnius was built as an Imperial Roman mausoleum to Emperor Diocletian (yes, the same one who built the palace) and its tall white tower is visible for miles around. While parts of the cathedral have been built and added over the centuries, the original building dates back as far as the 4th Century. That said, the iconic tower most people come to the cathedral to climb was built in 1100 AD, which is still pretty old by anyone’s standards!
Visit Split’s Bačvice Beach
After spending hours exploring the beautiful architecture and culture the city has to offer, a trip to the beach is the perfect change of pace. Bačvice Beach is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of the city and its pale sands and joyful atmosphere make it the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Split.
That’s all we have time for today. We hope we’ve given you one or two additional places to visit on your next visit to Split. And we hope anyone who was planning to visit Croatia soon makes Split a must-see destination on their itinerary. Start planning your big Croatian odyssey with Horizon Sail!